Brenda Bowen was lured to HarperCollins to start up a children's imprint. She'd made a name for herself at Disney, Simon & Schuster's children's division, and Scholastic Press, so she had the credentials and the expertise.
In the recent round of cost cutting, unfortunately, Bowen Books had to go. Carrying the employee load of a separate imprint was more than HarperCollins could manage.
Ms. Bowen has announced that she will be joining Sanford J. Greenburger on 6 July as a literary agent.
If you write for the kids, you'll want your query ready to go.
Like most publishing execs who enter the dark side, she'll start slow to get a feel for the agent side of things. Slow start, yes, but it's a start and she'll need clients. She'll be reading queries, searching for the sorts of things that she was selling at Bowen Books before she was downsized.
Ms. Bowen has never been an agent before, but she has an incredible network of contacts in the publishing end, which is where the agent is going to sell your manuscript. No need to worry about her sales. She'll be making plenty of them in a short period of time.